Israeli found on airport shuttle track charged
An Israeli tourist, 27, found on the tracks of the shuttle train at Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday, was charged yesterday with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assaulting police officers and criminal damage. The case will be heard in Tsuen Wan Court this morning, but the man will not appear. Police said he would remain in hospital. The Airport Authority said the man sneaked through a 20cm gap between the platform screen door and the train compartment onto the tracks at the west hall of Terminal One on Tuesday. The shuttle train services were halted for four hours.
Public holiday bonus on the way
A bill to switch two public holidays from Saturdays to Mondays would be tabled in the 2011-12 legislative session, lawmakers were told. The change would apply to public holidays for the Lunar New Year and the day after the Mid-Autumn Festival. At present, if the public holiday falls on a Sunday it is brought forward to Saturday, which means people who work five days a week do not enjoy an extra day off work. If the legislature approves the bill, the holidays would be pushed back to Mondays.
Dean seeks bankruptcy of former colleague
A Hong Kong Polytechnic University dean has filed a bankruptcy petition against a former colleague who lost a sexual harassment case against him. Thomas Wong Kwok-shing, the dean of the health and social sciences faculty at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, has applied to the High Court to declare Dr Alice Li Miu-ling bankrupt. Records showed that Li, a former assistant professor at Polytechnic University, sued Wong for sexual harassment in 2004. She eventually lost the case and the court ordered Li to pay Wong legal costs.